If you wish to improve the wi-fi coverage throughout your home, we recommend using a 'hybrid' wi-fi Powerline/Homeplug system. They're brilliantly simple to set up, and can transform your home wi-fi in minutes.
What is a Powerline adapter?
A hybrid Powerline adapter lets you enjoy wi-fi in a more distant part of your home by making a reliable connection to your original router.
Powerline adapters piggyback your home's electrical mains cabling, carrying an internet signal along it. You connect one Powerline adapter to a plug point near your router, then another to a plug point in your home where you wish to extend the wi-fi. There's very little setup involved, and they're pretty much 'plug and play'.
One electrical ring
Please note, there is one major caveat to using a Homeplug or similar unit. It requires your home to be on one single electrical ring.
That means if you live in a multistory home and, say, the third floor is on a separate ring to the ground floor (where your router lives), then you can't connect the two floors via a Homeplug. The same drawback could prevent you extending your wi-fi into a garden or shed, if these live on a different electrical ring.
How to set up a Homeplug or Powerline adapter
First, place one adapter in a plug socket near your router, then connect it to the router with an Ethernet cable (the usually-yellow cable that comes bundled with your router).
Next, plug another Powerline adapter into a plug socket the area you want to cover e.g. the first floor of your home.
As these are providing additional wi-fi coverage, but connecting to each other via your electrical cabling, the distance between the two devices is not an issue.
If you have a large home and need further wi-fi coverage, simply purchase more Powerline adapters. It's best to keep the brand of the adapter the same, and also make sure you match the speeds device e.g. 200Mpbs, 500Mbps and so on.
Homeplugs vs second routers
Homeplugs or Powerline adapters have several advantages over the standard wireless extender you can get by using a second router.
The standard wireless extender can be more complicated to set up, especially if your router doesn't support 'Wi-Fi Protected Set Up' (WPS). Furthermore, standard wireless extenders see themselves as an extension of the original router, so finding the correct password can be a challenge.
Also, a second router may suffer from the same wi-fi interference factors - such as thick walls - that you were trying to avoid.